Free cross-country riding video launched

October 6, 2009

A free video has been launched by British Eventing to demonstrate safe cross-country riding.

British Eventing has launched a cross-country riding DVD as part of its Safety Manifesto to visually show how - and how not to, ride across country.

"We recognized there was a wish for a visual instructional aid accessible to any rider who wanted to start or improve their cross country riding technique," said BE Chief Executive, Mike Etherington-Smith.

"The short film highlights common rider faults that can be addressed with training, such as cross country riding speed, approach to fences and jumping techniques over a variety of fences."

British Eventing's Performance Manager, Yogi Breisner, and a member of BE's Safety Committee, choreographed the training DVD which was shot at Aston-Le-Walls Eventing Centre last month.

"Riding across country is very different to that of show jumping and is one that needs to be practiced before attempting your first event," Breisner said. "It is important to build your and your horse's confidence over a variety of different types of fences that you may meet at a BE event."